Who but PG Wodehouse could have extracted high comedy from the most noble and ancient game of golf And who else could have combined this comedy with a real appreciation of the game, drawn from personal experience Wodehouse s brilliant but human brand of humor is perfectly suited to these stories of love, rivalry, revenge, and fulfillment on the links While the Oldest Member sits inside the clubhouse quoting Marcus Aurelius on patience and wisdom, outside on the green the strongest human passions burn All human life is here, from Sandy McHoots, the cocky professional, to shy Ramsden Waters, whose only consolation is golf Even golf haters will not be able to resists stories which perfectly combine physical farce and verbal with a gallery of unforgettable characters


10 thoughts on “The Clicking of Cuthbert

  1. Pramod Nair Pramod Nair says:

    In the days of King Arthur nobody thought the worse of a young knight if he suspended all his social and business engagements in favour of a search for the Holy Grail In the Middle Ages a man could devote his whole life to the Crusades, and the public fawned upon him Why, then, blame the man of today for a zealous attention to the modern equivalent, the Quest of ScratchP.G Wodehouse, who was an avid Golfer himself, thus describes the devotion for the sport felt by one of the characters fIn the days of King Arthur nobody thought the worse of a young knight if he suspended all his social and business engagements in favour of a search for the Holy Grail In the Middle Ages a man could devote his whole life to the Crusades, and the public fawned upon him Why, then, blame the man of today for a zealous attention to the modern equivalent, the Quest of ScratchP.G Wodehouse, who was an avid Golfer himself, thus describes the devotion for the sport felt by one of the characters from a story, which appear in this anthology of ten short stories, all written with a golfing theme The Clicking of Cuthbert , published in 1922, is the first book in the golf series , which presents the reader with humorous tales pivoting around golfers and golfing adventures.Each of these golf stories are narrated by a central character named Oldest Member just like Mr Mulliner from the Mulliner stories series who over drinks, either at the smoking room or terrace of an unnamed golf club house, shares the anecdotes about golfers to the fellow club members as inspiration In these stories the reader will come across some of the most amusing comical situations penned by Wodehouse In the title story The Clicking of Cuthbert , we meet Cuthbert Banks , an amateur golfer and a resident of Wood Hills, a picturesque settlement that was going through a bitter rivalry between the local literary society and the local Golf club When the literary society was having one of it s sessions at Mrs Smethurst s house, which stood near to the golf links, a shot taken by Cuthbert foozles and the ball accidentally smashes through the window of the house and narrowly miss hitting the chief guest of the session Raymond Parsloe Devine , a rapidly rising young novelist Cuthbert goes inside Mrs Smethurst s house to play his ball from where it lay, and meets Adeline , the most beautiful girl he has ever met and instantly falls in love But Adeline loathes golfers and is in search for an intellectual person and she is full of adoration for Raymond Cuthbert joins the literary society to impress Adeline, and this leads to further hilarious moments At the time of his joining, the literary society was studying works by Vladimir Brusiloff a Russian novelist who specialized in gray studies of hopeless misery and in whose books nothing happened till page 380 and Cuthbert who hasn t read anything other than golf guides soon find himself sitting painfully through these sessions, while watching Adeline and her fascination for Raymond These descriptions of Cuthbert sitting in his usual place in a distant corner where, while able to feast his gaze on Adeline, he had a sporting chance of being overlooked or mistaken for a piece of furniture is laced with good Wodehousian humor The reader can also detect some fine samples of Wodehouse s ability to evoke laughter through punchy dialogs within this short story From a setting when all odds are against Cuthbert, Wodehouse shows his mastery in weaving intertwined comical events and reversals of fortunes, which drives the story of Cuthbert and Adeline ahead and the reader is left with the sensation of pure delight Even though this formula of evoking humor from a mishmash of comical situations and confusion arising out of misunderstanding is a common attribute of Wodehouse tales, his talent in making each of the stories loaded with fresh humor is applaudable The stories A Mixed Threesome and Sundered Hearts presents the reader with the adventures of Mortimer Sturgis , the man who took up Golf at 38 and who then left the girl he was engaged to because he hadn t the time to combine Golf with his courtship, a series of confusions and pandemonium finally leading to his marriage The anthology has sevenstories, with each offering its own share of eccentric characters, funny situations and dialog based comedy, which offered a highly enjoyable reading experience In these stories the reader can easily detect the flair associated with Wodehousian tales as they are from an era when Wodehouse was already a skilled writer.These lightweight stories are perfectly recommended for relaxed, fun reading Even though these stories have a lot of golfing jargon, you don t have to be a Golf fan to fully enjoy these stories view spoiler A golfer whose handicap is zero is called a scratch golfer The higher the handicap of a player, the poorer the player is relative to those with lower handicaps So attaining a zero handicap or attaining a scratch is a quest 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  2. Kaethe Douglas Kaethe Douglas says:

    These pretend to be golf stories, but they aren t They re the same old delightful Wodehouse the right sort of young man is pining for a girl, difficulties ensue, he gets the girl anyway And there s a lot of golf club paraphernalia lying about, and golf games of great importance in settling the matter Most of it, to be honest, is told in rather out of date slang on golf, which makes the whole experience less realistic andmagical, like fairy tales.Fun stuff


  3. Ian Wood Ian Wood says:

    Fore Some years ago a friend of mine encouraged me to take up Golf so I could join him in a strange world of tournaments, competitions and social events that would otherwise be closed to me He offered to take me out on a round to get me into the swing of things Some five hours, one hundred and sixty strokes a very liberal scoring procedure was employed and five lost balls later both he and I were suffering some frustration I went to a driving range but had to be smuggled out of the back Fore Some years ago a friend of mine encouraged me to take up Golf so I could join him in a strange world of tournaments, competitions and social events that would otherwise be closed to me He offered to take me out on a round to get me into the swing of things Some five hours, one hundred and sixty strokes a very liberal scoring procedure was employed and five lost balls later both he and I were suffering some frustration I went to a driving range but had to be smuggled out of the back door should the gentleman in the next booth regain consciousness whilst I was still on the premises I booked an hour with a Pro who refunded my money after thirty five minutes Not to be put off I had a second round with my friend who, on the sixth green, told me that if I didn t give up golf he would.So I approached Wodehouse s collection of Golf stories The Clicking of Cuthbert with some trepidation However I was mistaken to be suspicious, these stories mixing the trials and tribulations of golf with the golfer s attempts to succeed in love or other worthwhile pursuits really are a triumph.The Oldest Member of the club sums up all aspects of golf in the most wonderful language , such as the following description of weekend golfers Like all Saturday foursomes, it is in difficulties One of the patients is zigzagging about the fairway like a liner pursued by submarines Two others seem to be digging for buried treasure or killing snakes The remaining cripple, who has just foozled a mashie shot, is blaming his caddie And so I have found a way to participate in the world of golf which was closed to a man of my sporting prowess Whilst my peers go out for eighteen holes I hole up with the Oldest Member on the terrace of the Mavis Bay golf links and laugh at them Like the Oldest Member I m not averse to putting myself on the outside of a cup of Tea and a slice of Cake


  4. Mark Mark says:

    Ten stories, all with the common theme of golf and its tortures Amusing but not particularly laugh out loud funny Some great turns of phrase and wonderful images but I have noticed one constant This is the second volume of his short stories that i have read and though i am always aware of which character I am supposed to like, I almost inevitably find them annoying and self obsessed In this volume, which is largely tongue in cheek, perhaps that is not a real problem but i carry the horrible Ten stories, all with the common theme of golf and its tortures Amusing but not particularly laugh out loud funny Some great turns of phrase and wonderful images but I have noticed one constant This is the second volume of his short stories that i have read and though i am always aware of which character I am supposed to like, I almost inevitably find them annoying and self obsessed In this volume, which is largely tongue in cheek, perhaps that is not a real problem but i carry the horrible suspicion that i am going to loathe all his heroes and feel sorry for all his villains


  5. Leslie Leslie says:

    A collection of golf stories, mostly narrated by the Oldest Member Even a non golfer such as myself can enjoy these short stories


  6. Abhi Abhi says:

    Their friendship ripened rapidly, as friendships do in the South of France In that favoured clime, you find the girl and Nature does the rest I am not a married man myself, so have had no experience of how it feels to have one s wife whizz off silently into the unknown but I imagine it must be something like taking a full swing with the brassey and missing the ball A young woman of singular beauty and rather statuesque appearance came out of the club house carrying a baby swaddled in flan Their friendship ripened rapidly, as friendships do in the South of France In that favoured clime, you find the girl and Nature does the rest I am not a married man myself, so have had no experience of how it feels to have one s wife whizz off silently into the unknown but I imagine it must be something like taking a full swing with the brassey and missing the ball A young woman of singular beauty and rather statuesque appearance came out of the club house carrying a baby swaddled in flannel As she drew near the table she said to the baby Chickety wicketty wicketty wipsey pop In other respects her intelligence appeared to be above ordinary Their house was not far from the links Eunice was not engaged to be married and the aunt made a hobby of collecting dry seaweed, which she dried and pasted in an album One sometimes thinks that aunts live entirely for pleasure Didn t want to write a review for this book thought I d take some extracts out of it instead.One word for anything that is PGW sublime


  7. Aditya Aditya says:

    What I know about golf nil.What I thought about the sport in general Boring.What the central theme of the stories in this book was Golf.And yet here I am rating a book about golf as magnificent, which just goes to show the genius of Wodehouse All the stories in this book had me in splits Don t worry if you find golf to be the most boring sport ever invented, because this book will still be funny.


  8. Sara Sara says:

    Also free on Project Gutenberg.And granted, I did start reading Wodehouse with Wodehouse s first book of short stories so maybe the progression makes sense but this book was all about golf, and I hate golf, and this was still the best Wodehouse I ve read yet.Freaking hilarious.


  9. Manuel Alfonseca Manuel Alfonseca says:

    Ten short stories about how golf can help men marry beautiful girls, or alternatively, escape from girls who hate golf.


  10. Ivor Armistead Ivor Armistead says:

    You don t have to a golfer to love this book, but it helps.